IWC WHOLE-OF-PER­SON MODEL OF CARE IS HERE FOR ALL

Central and North Burnett Times - - GUARDIAN -

THE friendly faces of the IWC are out and about in the North Bur­nett ev­ery­day as they de­liver health and well­be­ing ser­vices in homes, schools, com­mu­nity cen­tres and at their Gayn­dah clinic. 'IWC is a unique model of whole-of-per­son care that of­fers a wide range of ser­vices for all in our com­mu­nity, from reg­u­lar free Mid­wife clin­ics and Di­a­betes Ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions to chronic dis­ease screen­ing and case man­age­ment, and Home Care,' said Jen­niToo­good, who heads the North Bur­nett IWC Mul­tidis­ci­plinary CareTeam (MDCT). 'We de­liver cul­tur­ally re­spon­sive ser­vices and have In­dige­nous Health Prac­ti­tion­ers and a Reg­is­tered Nurse right here in the North Bur­nett. 'We also have a fo­cus on vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, in­clud­ing chil­dren, and peo­ple who are dis­ad­van­taged, frail or at-risk. What is im­por­tant for peo­ple to know is that IWC is here for ev­ery­one. In­dige­nous and nonIndige­nous. We are non-dis­crim­i­na­tory, we don't judge and we help to em­power peo­ple in our com­mu­ni­ties around health and well­be­ing." IWC de­liv­ers in­te­grated well­be­ing care, tak­ing a holis­tic ap­proach to de­liv­er­ing whole-of-per­son ser­vices that sup­port phys­i­cal and emo­tional well­be­ing. Early in­ter­ven­tion is a key as­pect of its work, with the team reg­u­larly go­ing into all schools in the North Bur­nett to de­liver health and hear­ing checks, and pro­vid­ing on­go­ing screen­ing for chronic dis­eases in­clud­ing di­a­betes, heart, and kid­ney dis­ease. IWC works closely with GPs, med­i­cal cen­tres, hos­pi­tals, phar­ma­cies and other ser­vices, and can pro­vide ac­cess to doc­tors, spe­cial­ists and Al­lied Health pro­fes­sion­als in­clud­ing psy­chol­o­gists, eye spe­cial­ists, po­di­a­trists, dental ser­vices, and Al­co­hol & Other Drugs pro­grams,’ said Ms Too­good, a Reg­is­tered Nurse and also IWC’s Clin­i­cal Gov­er­nance Man­ager. IWC cov­ers the whole of Bund­aberg and Wide Bay / Bur­nett. Mak­ing health and well­be­ing sup­port ac­ces­si­ble is an im­por­tant part of the IWC model, which in­cludes the IWC Health & Well­be­ing Cen­tre in the heart of Bund­aberg. Free trans­port is avail­able to IWC clients in the North Bur­nett to get them to and from ser­vices both at the Gayn­dah clinic and at the IWC Bund­aberg cen­tre. In 2016 IWC was named the na­tional Aboriginal Med­i­cal Ser­vice of theYear by AGFAL (Aus­tralian Gen­eral Prac­tice Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Ltd ). 'IWC has more than 12500 clients — In­dige­nous and non-In­dige­nous — right across Bund­aberg and the Wide Bay / Bur­nett, and we are com­mit­ted to Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in Ac­tion,” said MsToo­good.

IWC North Bur­nett team: From left, back row: Kirsten Mor­ris, Kristy Dray­ton, Bert Shad­ford. From left, mid­dle row: North Bur­nett IWC Man­ager Jen­niToo­good Kim Schaf­ferius, Wendy Mark­well and Cyn­thia Ge­orge. From left front: Ni­cole Chap­man and Clem Shad­ford

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